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Icon's A5 is for real

Article | Jun 18, 2015

After flying the first fully conforming Icon A5 on June 17 in California's Napa Valley and landing on both water and a hard-surface runway, AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman says the amphibious LSA more than lives up to its high expectations.

Icon gets go-ahead to produce A5

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Icon Aircraft has completed an FAA audit that gives the company the green light to start producing its long-awaited special light sport amphibious airplanes.

Pilot Briefing: 'Ultimate paradise’

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Joe Nall Week, which ran from May 9 through 16 at the aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, is the largest radio control fly-in in the world, attracting about 1,700 RC pilots from all 50 states and 11 countries—and more than 10,000 spectators.

Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett killed in aircraft accident

Article | Jun 03, 2015

Sonex Aircraft CEO Jeremy Monnett and assembly mechanic Mike Clark were killed June 2 in an aircraft accident near the company’s headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

New pilot wins Sporty’s RV-12 Sweeps airplane

Article | May 16, 2015

A new airplane for a new private pilot: Sporty’s surprised Rick Okikawa of California May 16 with the news that he had won the Sporty’s 2015 RV-12 Sweepstakes airplane.

LSA-Engines ready to enter light sport market

Article | May 15, 2015

LSA-Engines is a small German firm, at the moment, basing its light sport aircraft engine on a design from a big company.

11-year-old launches business to fund Embry-Riddle dream

Article | May 13, 2015

Trevor Simoneau is a kid with a plan. The 11-year-old aspiring pilot wants to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and launched a business selling custom-printed T-shirts to pay for fuel for flight training.

Icon A5 nears delivery

Article | May 11, 2015

Icon Aircraft announced May 7 the successful test flight of the first customer A5 aircraft, with delivery expected to follow this summer.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Not done correctly, transitioning to a larger aircraft can and has contributed to accidents.

Pilot Briefing: They did it!

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, One Week Ready to Solo participants Sherry Rosenkranz, Chris Graves, and Nik Oekerman demonstrated their newfound skills with unassisted flights April 25 in Lakeland, Florida.

Welcome to America, P2010

Article | Apr 23, 2015

Tecnam is still viewed by many as a light sport aircraft company, despite having certified a twin-engine airplane (the P2006T) for the U.S. market. The single-engine P2010 should change that.

Super Legend Cub boasts 180 hp

Article | Apr 22, 2015

American Legend won approval two years ago to put a 180-horsepower engine on the Super Legend Cub, and now they've done it.

Superior introduces diesel

Article | Apr 21, 2015

Superior Aviation joined the diesel engine fray with its acquisition of the Powerplant Developments engine now called Gemini. Superior plans to bring the 100-horsepower engine to market in early 2016.

National Bushwheel Awareness Week: Quirky gathering in the Idaho wilderness

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

Turbulent plumes of swirling mountain air jostle our pair of Carbon Cubs as we approach Johnson Creek Airport (3U2) for the start of National Bushwheel Awareness Week, a quirky annual gathering that attracts more than 100 backcountry airplanes and the STOL fanatics who fly them.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

For a relatively small group of aircraft owners, especially those who routinely fly in places like the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska—where the benefits of ADS-B are evident—the decision to equip for the FAA’s January 1, 2020, ADS-B Out mandate was a simple one.

Able Flight announces 2015 scholarship recipients

Article | Mar 13, 2015

Seven individuals with disabilities will earn pilot certificates or receive advanced training in 2015 thanks to Able Flight’s scholarship program.

FAA urges light sport makers to move on ADS-B, angle of attack

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

The FAA is urging the manufacturers of special light sport aircraft (SLSAs) to establish pathways for the installation of ADS-B Out equipment and angle of attack indicators in their aircraft.

Pilot Briefing: Budget Buy

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Funky is the best term to describe an Aeronca Champ.

AOPA supports LSA status for road-worthy airplane

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition as a light sport aircraft.

Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

The “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 was built on an overly optimistic forecast.

Pilot Briefing: AOPA Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

Let’s do this again was the resounding decision after AOPA hosted seven successful fly-ins across the country in 2014.

Terrafugia requests weight, stall speed increase

Article | Jan 07, 2015

Boston-based Terrafugia has asked the FAA for a weight increase to 1,800 pounds and a 9-knot increase in stall speed for its Transition flying car.

GA pilots bring cheer to island residents

Article | Dec 16, 2014

Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.

Light sport pylon air racing planned

Article | Dec 11, 2014

A Deland, Florida, light sport aircraft manufacturer is planning the first light sport pylon air race April 1 based on the Red Bull model.

Expo expands focus

Article | Dec 09, 2014

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is expanding in 2015 with new exhibitors and a dedicated area for used aircraft sales by private owners.

High hopes

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

The headline on the press release caught my eye for two reasons: “Textron Aviation Independence facility delivers 10,000th single-engine aircraft.”

Bearhawk shows quick-build LSA

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Bearhawk Aircraft owner Mark Goldberg flew the company’s first quick-build light sport kitplane to EAA AirVenture, a 9.7-hour journey from Texas.

Briefing: Dusty flies again

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

The action may be animated, but the production team behind Disney’s new film Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, sequel to the 2013 animated feature Planes, strove to keep every detail as realistic as possible.

Return of the Astore

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Luigi Pascale is the head designer at Tecnam and he designed the Astore, Tecnam’s new luxury Light Sport aircraft with an all-metal airframe.

Avgas replacement: It’s not just about octane

Article | Jul 31, 2014

After testing more than 3,000 formulas over a 10-year period, Shell Aviation submitted its candidate fuel to the FAA for consideration as a fleet-wide, unleaded avgas replacement in July.

Light Sport Aircraft: Soul-stirring airplane

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Like a duck that switches from sitting placidly atop the water to a furiously splashing, flapping, quacking master of flight, the Amphibious Carbon Cub leaps into air with a burst of raw energy.<

SAM LS completes spin testing

Article | Jul 31, 2014

The experimental SAM LS has successfully completed spin testing, SAM Aircraft Founder Thierry Zibi announced July 30 at EAA AirVenture.

SkyCraft LSA completes flight testing

Article | Jul 30, 2014

The SkyCraft SD-1 Minisport has completed flight testing and hopes to achieve certification by September, the company announced July 30 at EAA AirVenture.

Rotax rolls out 912 iS Sport

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Rotax now offers a new, follow-on engine to its popular 912 iS engine. From now on, the company will deliver its new, 100-horsepower, fuel-injected 912 iS Sport engines.

Light sport industry celebrates 10 years, looks ahead

Article | Jul 29, 2014

The light sport industry, which reached 10 years in July, is going to continue to be a source of innovation in aviation for the next 10 years, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association President Dan Johnson said July 29 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Able Flight celebrates new sport pilots

Article | Jul 29, 2014

After earning their wings to become sport pilots, six pilots in Able Flight’s training program were honored July 29 at EAA AirVenture.

Beringer announces new wheels for certified, light aircraft

Article | Jul 29, 2014

Beringer Wheels and Brakes announced the availability of several types of aircraft wheels on July 29 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and said a new anti-groundloop tailwheel design is forthcoming.

First production Icon A5 makes a splash at AirVenture

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The first production Icon A5 amphibious light sport aircraft made a big splash at a company event that kicked off the EAA AirVenture show on July 27.

MVP Aero developing light sport amphib

Article | Jul 27, 2014

MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.